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Observatory

The BSU Observatory hosts public and private viewing events, runs K-12 workshops, and provides academic resources for student research, astronomy courses, and service-learning.

Public Viewing Events

Oct31
Happy Halloween From a Galaxy Far, Far Away
Wednesday, October 31 @ 7:00 pm
until Wednesday, October 31 @ 8:30 pm
Location:
BSU Observatory
United States
US

The Observatory will be open from 7-8:30 pm on Wednesday, Oct. 31, weather allowing--and our staff will be in costume!  Join us for views of astronomical objects and Star Wars themed costumes.  Check for weather cancellation on our hotline (508-531-DARK), on Facebook, or on Twitter @BSUObservatory a few hours beforehand.

Sep26
September 2018 Public Nights
Wednesday, September 26 @ 7:30 pm
Location:
DMF Science and Mathematics Center Observing Decks
24 Park Ave.
02325 Bridgewater , MA
United States
Massachusetts US

During public nights, the observatory's viewing patios are open with multiple telescopes for you to look through, and a staff of astronomy enthusiasts ready to talk astronomy!  We'll be looking at Mars, Saturn, double star Albireo, the Ring Nebula, M13 and more. Be sure to check our weather announcement before making the trip.  You may park in the West Campus Lot. Dates and times for September are:

- Wednesday, 9/26/18, 7:30 pm - 9:00 pm

- Saturday, 9/29/18, 7:30 pm - 9:00 pm

Oct03
October 2018 Public Nights
Wednesday, October 03 @ 7:00 pm
Location:
DMF Science and Mathematics Center Observing Decks
24 Park Ave.
02346 Bridgewater , MA
United States
Massachusetts US

During public nights, the observatory's viewing patios are open with multiple telescopes for you to look through, and a staff of astronomy enthusiasts ready to talk astronomy!  We may sometimes catch a glimpse of Jupiter before it sets, and we'll see Mars and Saturn.  We'll also be looking at the Ring Nebula, M13, Albireo, Mizar, the Andromeda Galaxy and the Double Cluster.  Be sure to check our weather announcement before making the trip.  You may park in the West Campus Lot. Dates and times for October are:

- Wednesdays Oct. 3, 10, 17, and 24, 7:00 pm - 8:30 pm

- Saturdays Oct. 13 and 20, 7:00 pm - 8:30 pm.

Nov07
November 2018 Public Nights
Wednesday, November 07 @ 6:00 pm
Location:
DMF Science and Mathematics Center Observing Decks
24 Park Ave.
02325 Bridgewater , MA
United States
Massachusetts US

During public nights, the observatory's viewing patios are open with multiple telescopes for you to look through, and a staff of astronomy enthusiasts ready to talk astronomy!  The Andromeda Galaxy and the Double Cluster will be in excellent locations for viewing through our telescopes. We'll also see Mars, Saturn, the Ring Nebula, Albireo, M13 and more. Be sure to check our weather announcement before making the trip.  You may park in the West Campus Lot. Dates and times for November are:

- Wednesdays Nov. 7, 14 and 28, 6:00 pm - 7:30 pm

- Saturday Nov. 17, 6:00 pm - 7:30 pm.

Dec01
December 2018 Public Nights
Saturday, December 01 @ 5:00 pm
Location:
DMF Science and Mathematics Center Observing Decks
24 Park Ave.
02325 Bridgewater , MA
United States
Massachusetts US

During public nights, the observatory's viewing patios are open with multiple telescopes for you to look through, and a staff of astronomy enthusiasts ready to talk astronomy!  We'll see the Pleiades, Andromeda Galaxy, Double Cluster, Mars, the Ring Nebula, Albireo, and M13 - and at the tail end of the later events, we'll be able to catch a glimpse of the Orion Nebula. Be sure to check our weather announcement before making the trip.  You may park in the West Campus Lot. Dates and times for December are:

- Saturdays Dec. 1 and 8, 5:00 pm - 6:30 pm

- Wednesdays Dec. 5 and 12, 6:00 pm - 7:30 pm

Notice that the Saturday and Wednesday times are different this month!

Call our hotline at 508-531-DARK a few hours before all events to check whether we will be open (or follow us on Twitter @BSUObservatory, or check our Facebook page at Bridgewater State University Observatory).  You may park in the West Campus Lot behind the Science and Mathematics Center.  Use any entrance and make your way to the building's central lobby.  There, you will find elevators and stairs to take you to the 5th floor observing decks.  Elevator: Use the right-hand elevator to go all the way to floor 5.  Stairs:  Go all the way up the main staircase to the 4th floor, then turn right and right again.  Enter the first door on your right (it's red).   The staircase here takes you to the 5th floor.

Observatory outreach sessions are free, appropriate for all ages, and made possible by the support of BSU's Physics department as well as CASE, the Dean's Office, Provost's Office, Office of External Affairs and the Office of Academic Affairs.

Please click on the right-hand link to our outreach program for additional information on public and private observatory events.

If you wish, you can print out a parking pass from our Parking Services website - this is not necessary during our event times, but would prevent ticketing outside our event times!

Three of our students have built a 17-inch dobsonian telescope that we can use on our decks.  This telescope is more powerful than the one in the dome!